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Weekly Challenge for #EnviroEd # 80 Autumn Edition of #Kindergartenbioblitz Sept 11-15, 2017

September 3, 2017

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#Kindergartenbioblitz began over 4 years ago with an attempt to “extend the experience” of environmental education at our Peel District School Board’s Outdoor Education Centres. We strive to build a relationship with students and classes that goes well beyond the one day field trips we offer and instead be “available” as environmental resources year round. This allows us to foster and encourage a spirit of natural inquiry.

Very quickly, the ridiculously long hashtag caught on beyond our school board to the point where countries in every hemisphere tend to take part.

If interested, you can check out other blog posts on this website or have a look at this Steller story for a step by step guide on how to participate.

The September version of this event is at a superb time in North America as many school systems are starting up again and this grants both teachers and students early permission to step outside and explore their own yards with the help of naturalists who do not just answer their questions about what they find – but also continue to ask the students more questions about their discoveries.

There are other benefits as well.

  • Some teachers by responding to other classes discoveries end up creating class relationships and even a “pen” or “video” pals scenario with their students.
  • Students are introduced into learning outdoors and how to prepare for it in all weather.
  • Learners are introduced to how others perceive their own backyards that they may take for granted.
  • Educators help students formulate and even write their own questions thereby allowing them to take the lead in this initiative.

There are many PLN’s around the world that encourage outdoor play. #Kinderchat, #EnviroEd #ReggioPLC, #umweltbildung and others. Many of these promote our #kindergartenbioblitz as we lead into it – however both these and your own district hashtags (ie #peel21st, #yycbe, etc) can be used to get other classes involved as well.

Let us know you’ll be participating this month! Send a tweet & either tag myself (@RangerRidley) or use the hashtag to promote to your PLN’s!

Looking forward to exploring this school year with you no matter where you are!

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